The era of the 10-inch tablets has come and gone, the future computing landscape will be dominated by smaller, more portable tablets and convertible Ultrabook type devices, according to Intel exec Kirk Skaugen.
The popularity of smaller tablets in the 7 to 8-inch diagonal screen size range was one of the first developments to put the brakes on full sized tablet market growth. Where a smaller version of a tablet is available buyers have voted with their feet (wallets). The trend has been that these smaller tablets are dominating, where both sizes have concurrently been available. In the case of the Apple iPad, the 8-inch iPad mini has pulled ahead
, even though the full size one had such a commanding lead. The smaller sized, lighter tablets are more “handy” for carrying around, being held with one hand while operated with the other and crucially also significantly cheaper.